Ireland vs. Bangladesh: Sixth ODI Tri-Series Match Preview
Ireland vs. Bangladesh: Sixth ODI Tri-Series Match Preview

Ireland will take on Bangladesh in what is basically a dead rubber as the Windies and Bangladesh have already qualified for the Tri-Series final. That means, Ireland has been knocked out despite being the hosts and they have nothing but pride to play for in this match.

The hosts have had a difficult past couple of weeks. First they lost to England despite being in a position to cause and upset and then they lost to the Windies in the last match despite putting 327 runs on the board. There was an abandoned match against Bangladesh in between as well. So, victory has always evaded their fate and they would be desperate to end an otherwise disappointing series with a positive result.

Their batting has been too dependent on the likes of Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie and Kevin O'Brien. Out of form William Potterfield's movement in the batting order hasn't helped him either. James McCollum and Mark Adair are young and it will take them some time to get accustomed to the rigors of international cricket. Things haven't been right for them in the bowling front as well. Tim Murtagh has been ineffective, Joshua Little has leaked runs after his four-for against England and Boyd Rankin has been consistently in and out of the side.

Bangladesh on the other hand have proved themselves to be the strongest team in this tournament. They are unbeaten in this series so far and it looks like they will maintain that run

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